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That Insane Zodiac Killer Theory On 'AHS: Cult' May Not Be As Crazy As You Think

Leave it to American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy to cast Lena Dunham as the Zodiac Killer. The real Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who murdered at least 5 people (and maybe dozens more) in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Zodiac was never caught or identified, even after he sent dozens of taunting letters to local newspapers, and speculation about his identity continues to this day. Zodiac Killer theories range from the believable to the totally absurd.

But only on AHS would the Zodiac be reimagined as Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist who was jailed for shooting Andy Warhol in 1968, the same year the Zodiac began his (or her!) killing spree. In Cult, Lena Dunham plays Solanas, with a twist. Instead of a lone, disturbed woman, Solanas is now the leader of a bicoastal misandrist murder cult bent on eliminating all men.

Could there by any truth to this wild theory? Was more than one person the Zodiac Killer? Could the Zodiac Killer have been a woman (or women)? Might they have been a political protestor or infamous cult leader? If nothing else, the AHS Zodiac Killer theory provides an entryway into the weird world of Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas, SCUM, and even L. Ron Hubbard.